Embracing Your Inner Goblin

One of the things I miss about living in the US is Halloween. Yes REALLY! You see we don’t really celebrate it in Australia and although I don’t eat much candy these days, I loved it as a kid.

I can’t complain too much this year as I’m in the US and tonight it is the big night. Whoot! We’re about to do that favourite tradition of carving pumpkins (not the kind you make into soup, my fellowAussies). The squash look like this:

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It is simple traditions like these from your childhood that bring back fond memories. I remember running from house to house (many years in the snow covering up my costume, much to my dismay!) to fill my pillow case with the precious loot every American kid dreams about: candy corn, M&M’s, Snicker’s and the coveted Reece’s peanut butter cup.

Author’s own — now eaten!

My best girlfriend had a sensible Mom and somehow her candy would disappear sooner than mine, so over the years we learned to go to my house and stash some of the hers so it would last as long as mine. To this day I’m not sure if this mother ate them or threw them away, but as 10 year olds this seemed unconscionable.

Normally this time of year is lacklustre when it comes to Halloween. Once because this family knew I was American, they sent their 9-year-old son to our house for trick or treating, but other than that no parties, no door bells ringing, no costumes.

So I’m living it up. We carved pumpkins:

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And I pretended that I’m ten once again

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Trick or treating brought in lots of goodies

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So that when I’m in Sydney next year this time missing Halloween, I can relive these memories.

What have you done recently to bring back your childhood memories?

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3 Responses to Embracing Your Inner Goblin

  1. Lovely post! I’m trying to be that sensible mom like your best girlfriend’s, then when I see how much my kids love candies, especially my daughter, I understand why your mom let your candies last longer than hers! Halloween is only once a year, right? 🙂

  2. Excellent site. Plenty of helpful info here. I’m sending it to several friends ans additionally sharing in delicious. And of course, thanks to your effort!

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